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Jensen winds back the clock with new GT. Image by Jensen.

Jensen winds back the clock with new GT
Iconic name launches new model for its 80th anniversary and there's a new Interceptor too.
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Hey man, come and help me open this crate of Watney's Red Barrel.

What? Do they even make that anymore? And anyway, it's 10 in the morning.

So what man? Chill out, this is the seventies. No one minds a little early morning waker-upper.

I think you'll find they do. I also think you'll find that this is actually 2015 and you've become confused by the fact that Jensen is launching a new car.

Wild, man.

Indeed. Yup, Jensen - famed for making the gorgeous Interceptor and equally famed for going bust 40 years ago (and for trying to make a comeback with the S-V8 model in 2000) is back, on the verge of its 80th birthday with a new car, the Jensen GT.

With the company now headed up by Tim Hearley, formerly of Aston Martin, Jensen has released these images of a clay styling model of a new car, which carries some classic Jensen styling cues. That quad-light front, with the overbite bonnet edge is classic Interceptor, while the rear end, even though it lacks the fishbowl glass screen, is also taken from the Interceptor playbook.

According to Jensen an "extremely limited edition will be built under an agreement between the Jensen Group and Jensen International Automotive (JIA), well known for their modified Interceptor R models. The Jensen GT will be available exclusively through JIA." This tie-up ties-up the untidy loose ends of various Jensen brand and name ownership, as well as bringing the Interceptor name back into the fold. Not surprisingly, the company is also working on a rebirth of this classic name for a 2016 launch. "This new model, classed as Interceptor 2, will take design cues from the classic Interceptor and will advance the concept of the original grand tourer, to provide a thoroughly modern and exciting vehicle" said Jensen in a statement.

We don't know much, technically, about the GT yet other than that it will more than likely use the Chevrolet Corvette's LS2 6.2-litre V8 engine (as does the resto-mod Interceptor R) and that there is likely to be a lot of Jaguar running gear under the surface - check out the recycled F-Type tail-lights on the styling buck for instance.

The GT (and presumably the new Interceptor) are designed to be hand-built to individual customer specs, so there are no firm plans on volume or production numbers yet, nor a price, although that's likely to be in the stratospheric region of £350,000 or so.

"This represents the next chapter of Jensen and, as we look to the future, we want Jensen enthusiasts to help us celebrate as we unveil a completely new car and outline our plans for the future," said Mr Hearley.

Oh wow, I think my acid is kicking back in...

Neil Briscoe - 25 Feb 2015

New Jensen GT in development. Image by Jensen.    

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